Book burning Mural by Jose Chavez Morado, Museo Alhondiga de Granaditas, Guanajuato, MexicoNo sooner did I finish blogging about the sorry history of the Florida Neocrusading pastor who wanted to burn Qur’ans to celebrate the anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks, than he held a press conference to announce he was cancelling. Or is he? This report from ABC News shows that the situation is still very uncertain (WebCite cached article):

A fiery Florida pastor called off his bonfire of Korans today after claiming he has a deal that will move a controversial mosque away from the site of the 9/11 terror attacks, but the Muslim cleric planning the so-called Ground Zero Mosque quickly denied to ABC News that he has agreed to move his project.

Pastor Terry Jones of Gainesville, Fla., emerged from his church in Gainesville, Fla., along with Florida Imam Muhammad al-Masri to announce his decision to cancel his Koran burning, saying he viewed the supposed deal as “a sign from God.”

What’s going to happen, I wonder, once the insane Pastor Jones discovers that that so-called “Ground Zero Mosque” (which isn’t actually at “ground zero” in the first place) isn’t being moved? Will he claim his “sign from God” has been taken away from him by the vile forces of Islam, and burn some Qur’ans after all?

Besides, to date, Jones’s complaint about Islam … and his supposed motivation for burning Qur’ans … has not, to my knowledge, been the so-called “Ground Zero Mosque.” It has, instead, been Jones’s insistence that the United States is about to come under Shari’a law. (See for example this ABC News interview, with cached version.) So it’s not clear to me how this issue became the linchpin that made Jones change his mind.

The bottom line is that we are certainly not out of the woods yet … not with a creature like Pastor Jones at the heart of the controversy.

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